Highland Park police called to help corral horse
Highland Park police officers were called Thursday morning to help corral a miniature horse that galloped away from from the Park District’s Big Top, Little Top circus camp, held in Fink Park off Clavey Road. | Photo courtesy Highland Park Police Department
Updated: July 29, 2012 6:17AM
A miniature horse galloping freely around Fink Park is not exactly what the Park District of Highland Park had in mind when it opened its new dog park off Clavey Road earlier this summer.
But last week, Highland Park police officers were called in to help corral Cavalino, a 14-year-old brown and cream colored pony. The horse had slipped away from staff at the Park District’s Big Top, Little Top circus camp, held near Deer Creek on the other side of the park.
Cavalino, who plays a small part in the end of the campers’ circus show, was without his fellow horse cast members on June 21.
“They think he was a little disorientated and tried to head home,” reported Margaret Gienger, the Park District’s director of communications and marketing. “To get to Clavey, the little pony had to go through the park and pass in front of the dog park.
“I’m surprised he didn’t play there for awhile.”
A resident called police after spotting Cavalino nearing Clavey Road.
Officers arrived around the same time Cavalino’s owner had caught up. He was safety returned to camp and no one was hurt.